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(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
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Twenty most expensive trips

Traveler: Thomas Bliley (from the office of Thomas Bliley)
Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: Brown & Williamson Tobacco
Purpose: TOUR/SPEAK TO SENIOR MANAGEMENT OF BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO; MEET WITH CEO OF BRITISH TRADE INTERNATIONAL
Date: Jul 6, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $31,170.76
source

Traveler: Robert Wexler (from the office of Robert Wexler)
Destination: KAZAKHSTAN
Sponsor: Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Purpose: MTG W/ GOVT. OFFICIALS/FACT-FINDING
Date: May 26, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $29,950.72
source

Traveler: Ben Chandler (from the office of Ben Chandler)
Destination: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT, AMERICAN AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION
Purpose: MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT AND AUSTRALIAN CIVIC AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS TO DISCUSS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.
Date: Nov 3, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $29,177.34
source

Traveler: Robert Cochran (from the office of Howard Mckeon)
Destination: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA TO CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA, TO CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, TO SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA TO LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: TO MEET AND DISCUSS UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE ISSUES WITH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND MEETINGS WITH U.S. EMBASSY OFFICIALS
Date: Mar 17, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $28,446.36
source

Traveler: Mike Ross (from the office of Mike Ross)
Destination: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: AMERICAN AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION AND THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT
Purpose: TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF COMMON INTEREST BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE AUSTRALIAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $28,236.12
source

Traveler: Tom Delay (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: GREAT BRITAIN
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 25, 2000 (9 days)
Expense: $28,106.00
source

Traveler: Mark Souder (from the office of Mark Souder)
Destination: FRANKFURT TO MUNICH
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose:
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $28,100.00
source

Traveler: Tom Delay (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL / MEET WITH GOVT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $28,000.00
source

Traveler: William Thomas (from the office of William Thomas)
Destination: BEAVER CREEK, CO
Sponsor: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE AND VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON ENTITLEMENTS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND TAX REFORM
Date: Jun 24, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $27,962.00
source

Traveler: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (from the office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)
Destination: TEL AVIV-SEOUL, REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND SOUTH KOREA TO TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $27,960.00
source

Traveler: Roger Wicker (from the office of Roger Wicker)
Destination: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA
Sponsor: KOREA US EXCHANGE COUNCIL AND US MALAYSIA EXCHANGE ASSOCIATION
Purpose: S. KOREA: MEET W/ADMIN REPS. MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, NAT'L SECURITY ADVISOR, & US BUSINESS TO DISCUSS US TROOP PRESENCE IN KOREA/N. KOREA NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. MALAYSIA: MEET W/ PRIME MINISTER AND OTHER CABINET OFFICIALS TO LEARN MORE OF THE US BUSINESS &
Date: Feb 18, 2005 (10 days)
Expense: $27,757.98
source

Traveler: Ander Crenshaw (from the office of Ander Crenshaw)
Destination: SOUTH KOREA
Sponsor: Korea-United States Exchange Council
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL-MEET WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $27,640.00
source

Traveler: Susan Hirschmann (from the office of Tom Delay)
Destination: GREAT BRITAIN
Sponsor: National Center for Public Policy & Research
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 22, 2000 (11 days)
Expense: $27,626.00
source

Traveler: J Scott Bensing (from the office of John Ensign)
Destination: AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL REGARDING THE INTERNATIONAL WAR ON TERROR, IMMIGRATION, AND THE U.S.-AUSTRALIAN ALLIANCE
Date: Mar 18, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $26,495.70
source

Traveler: Steve King (from the office of Steve King)
Destination: SYDNEY AUSTRALIA
Sponsor: AMERICAN AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION (AAA) AND THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES WERE THE ONLY EXPENSES COVERED BY THE AAA.
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOR AGRICULTURE AND TRADE
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $25,852.70
source

Traveler: Jim Cooper (from the office of Jim Cooper)
Destination: LOS ANGELES - SYDNEY - MELBOURNE - BRISBANE - CARNES L.A.
Sponsor: American Australian Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $25,441.56
source

Traveler: Jim Matheson (from the office of Jim Matheson)
Destination: SALT LAKE CITY - SYDNEY
Sponsor: American Australian Association
Purpose: AIRFARE TO AUSTRALIA FOR TRIP PAID FOR BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOV. TO BUILD STRONGER TIES ACROSS THE PACIFIC FOLLOWING THE PASSAGE OF THE AUSTRALIA-US FREE TRADE AGREEMENT.
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $24,805.24
source

Traveler: Barbara Lee (from the office of Barbara Lee)
Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: Houston Peace and Justice Center
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 15, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $24,646.50
source

Traveler: Paige Ralston (from the office of J. Dennis Hastert)
Destination: MEETINGS
Sponsor: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
Purpose:
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (11 days)
Expense: $24,401.73
source

Traveler: Eni Faleomavaega (from the office of Eni Faleomavaega)
Destination: DC-KAZAKHSTAN-SAN FRANCISCO-APIA
Sponsor: Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Purpose: ENHANCE US. - KAZAKHSTAN RELATIONS, DISCUSS NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION
Date: Jul 31, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $24,373.70
source



American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

Recent Posts

  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.